What happened "next day"?
While it's too early to say definitively that we made the right decision, at this point, I can share that it seems to be working out for the best.
When we get to school in the morning, we arrive at Andrew's class first.
Almost invariably, he says, "I am going into MY room!"
And, if Emily tries to go in with him, he says, "No, it's MY room."
(Now, once we are in there, it's a different story. Just like when he was in the room with Emily, he clings to me and doesn't want me to go. This grueling morning routine hasn't changed).
But, he seems to enjoy having something--his room--that is his own.
While Emily usually goes easily into her room, sometimes leaving me behind, there was one day last week when she had a complete meltdown--she wanted her Drew Bear.
Thankfully, the teacher didn't miss a beat in offering to let Emily go over and have her morning snack in Drew's class. (It would have broken my heart to leave for work thinking that Emily was crying for Drew and couldn't see him).
Separate. Together. Fights. Hugs. Love. Makes me smile like Peas and Cheese.